Adjective "devote" definition and examples

(Devote may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Give all or most of one's time or resources to (a person or activity)
  1. 'she devoted herself to fundraising'
  2. 'This man in his 40s, who wants to remain completely anonymous, hopes to be able to stop working, thanks to this sale, and realize an old dream: devoting himself to painting.'
  3. 'Therefore, devoting substantial staff resources to training, organizing, leading, and sustaining family psychoeducation is seen as a luxury.'
  4. 'We cannot say how much it costs us, but it will mean a lot of staff devoting time to carry out the audit and we would not do that lightly.'
  5. '‘The best chef in the country told me I had a talent and that I could work in his restaurant any time,’ said Claire, who had been unsure about devoting her life to cooking until Ramsay sang her praises.'
  6. 'He's taken up freight delivery now that he has left the Army to devote his efforts to finding the gun runner.'
  7. 'Although conceptions about the subject have indeed evolved, there still remains a relatively close bond between young adults and their traditional morals of settling down and devoting themselves to a family life.'
  8. 'Grady prefers to remain in stiflingly hot New York, devoting her summer to crossing social boundaries by conducting a secret liaison with Clyde Manzer, a working-class Jewish car park attendant some years her senior.'
  9. 'Like Franklin D. Roosevelt, his efforts at first were devoted to preventing further weakening of an army that many, Hitler among them, regarded as irrelevant.'
  10. 'I also came to express my thanks to the artists who are devoting their time and talents to such a vital cause.'
  11. 'After undergoing a second liver transplant himself, Pat is taking life a little easier and is devoting himself full-time to tending to his garden in between hospital check-ups.'
  12. 'In 1999, Channel Four went women-only crazy, not only devoting a whole night of TV to Bridget Jones but also every Wednesday evening to ‘women's’ programming.'
  13. 'Elsewhere, Ministry of Sound is devoting its bandwidth to ‘The Sexiest Music Videos of All Time’ (via La Petite Claudine).'
  14. 'But there are countless sites like Mr Song's devoted to one of the few political passions permitted by the government: hatred for Japan.'
  15. 'Today this column makes no excuse for devoting the bulk of its content in tribute to Steve Webster, the 43-year-old North Yorkshire sidecar phenomenon and one of the most over-looked men in British sport.'
  16. 'We have an entire section of our Q & A part of our website devoted to cloning - see Q & A: Cloning.'
  17. 'And, all things considered, the Comment section of the Globe's Oct. 25 edition devoting four of its seven pieces to the States is not out of order.'
  18. 'Each issue is devoted to some lofty topic: Truth, Creativity, Freedom, etc.'
  19. 'But if all that is true, then why is ABC, like the other broadcast networks, devoting a mere three hours of prime time over four nights for these conventions?'
  20. 'We're on the IT bandwagon again - TIME magazine has devoted a cover issue to India's strength in this field.'
  21. 'Three decades on, there are countless websites devoted to Dad's Army and other sitcoms of the 1970s (some of which really ought to be given a decent burial).'
Invoke or pronounce a curse upon.
  1. 'And the hostile army was devoted with dire execrations to the gods of war and of thunder.'

More definitions

1. to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one's time to reading.

2. to appropriate by or as if by a vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn or formal act; consecrate: She devoted her life to God.

3. to commit to evil or destruction; doom.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be devote to appearances."

"people can be devote as to goddesses."

"magazines can be devote to topics."

"teachers can be devote."

"people can be devote."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘dedicate formally, consecrate’): from Latin devot- ‘consecrated’, from the verb devovere, from de- ‘formally’ + vovere ‘to vow’.